Manz, a member of the city's budget committee, says she's excited to tap into LO's 'human capital'

ManzTwo years into her position on the Lake Oswego Budget Committee, Jackie Manz is officially running for City Council.

“Being on the budget committee, I've become very interested in our fiscal soundness, and I think that as a city we are very well run,” Manz said. “I think that we need to take care of the assets that we have. There's been a push toward other large capital projects; I think we need to look at what we have and inventory what we have and keep what we have operable.”

Manz will compete for one of three council seats that are up for grabs in the November election. Candidates have until Aug. 26 to collect the required 20 signatures and file the necessary paperwork to run.

Manz moved to Lake Oswego 20 years ago after living in Madrid, Spain, for five years. She is now a member of the Hallinan Heights Neighborhood Association, and owns Edmunds/Manz Consulting, which offers strategic and business consulting to the hospitality industry.

A former member of the Oregon Tourism Commission board, Manz said she is “a big believer in helping citizens become their own advocates,” and that her run for council is largely inspired by a desire to make city processes transparent to residents.

She also feels that the time is right — her two children are grown, both graduates of Lakeridge High.

“Everyone has told me that City Council is the largest job I'll probably ever have outside of motherhood," Manz said.

The Portland State University graduate describes herself as a quick and eager study, with a taste for getting deep into the details of city policy and code.

Manz is eager to join the ranks of what she sees as a highly accessible council.

“Each and every council member, from the beginning of this process, has been willing to sit down and have coffee with me, which is really telling,” she said.

Manz said that she is excited to tap into what she views as one of Lake Oswego’s greatest resources: its human capital.

“We are a city filled with wisdom, which is a fabulous thing,” Manz said. “It creates a lot of discussion, but you have citizens who are willing to step up to the fore — people with amazing resumes and background and history who are able to share. And they have shared freely with me, and I feel really lucky.”

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